The fourth industrial revolution

The first industrial revolution used fossil fuels to mechanise industry and make mass transport available; the second saw the rise of mass production; and the third the rise of automation in production. The fourth will see the lines between the physical, digital and even biological worlds begin to blur. What is different is the speed at which all of this is taking place. Businesses that fail to embrace it risk…

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CROWN COMMERCIAL SERVICE SUPPLIER

W3Partnership Ltd – G-Cloud 9 and Digital Outcomes supplier Public sector bodies can be assured of our credentials as a Crown Commercial Service Supplier. Government Departments, Local Authorities, and Emergency Services  can use the Digital Marketplace to access our services, and be safe in the knowledge that they’re dealing with certified specialists. G-Cloud 9 is split into three Lots: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Software and Cloud Support. W3Partnership Ltd services can be…

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HOW MONITORING CAN HELP TO ENSURE THAT YOUR BUSINESS STAYS HEALTHY

You can only run a business successfully if you understand what’s happening. In the past that’s been relatively easy, but as organisations become larger and more complex and rely increasingly upon technology, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with information to the point where you can’t see the important parts. Many applications, such as ERP systems and customer information systems offer insight into parts of the business, but it’s difficult to…

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Think Smarter and don’t walk a Tightrope with your Digital Integration Projects

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W3 Smarter Integration Platform – helping to improve business efficiency by providing an integration capability in weeks rather than months. Businesses today are constantly under pressure to integrate their technology, both in-house and with their partners and suppliers, in order to streamline their operations and deliver a more efficient supply chain. To make sure that any such integration is as smooth and painless as possible, it’s essential to have a…

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RETAIL AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING INFORMED

In the modern world, no business exists in isolation. In the retail sector, perhaps more than any other, this means that information from customers, suppliers and distributors is vital to delivering effective services. Business to Business In order to succeed, retail and consumer companies are forging ever closer ties. This allows them to make better decisions, get goods to stores in a timely manner, and market them effectively. All of…

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Remove the Barriers and You can Close the Digital Divide.

You might think that as we become increasingly reliant upon technology in our everyday lives, any business would be keen to embrace the technological future in order to communicate better with its customers and improve profitability. However, research last year from the CBI and IBM (http://www.cbi.org.uk/news/digital-divide-among-uk-business-is-holding-back-the-economy/) reveals that there’s a growing digital divide emerging in the UK economy with a little over half of all companies embracing the digital economy…

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Value Chain to Value Network

Value chains have played a major part in organisational growth over the past years. However in the digital world the empowered buyer has become central to the supply process as quality, price and friction less delivery are increasingly vital as competition increases. This in turn drives the need for relationships between customers, suppliers and partners that are more multi-dimensional and as a consequence Value Chains are giving way to Value…

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Closing the Digital Divide

Closing the Digital Divide – Seven things you need to get right in order to take advantage of the digitised supply chain. More than ever before, commerce today relies upon close collaboration between businesses at all stages of the supply chain. This enables suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and ultimately customers to benefit from a boost in performance, reduced time-to-market and lower costs. Ultimately this means bigger profits, but it also gives…

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Open-Source Testing Tools for API Development – Part 3

Introduction In part 1 of this series, I covered my experience with: API Definition Unit Testing. In part 2, I covered: Calling APIs: Test Clients This will be followed by two more instalments: In this (part 3), I cover: Function and Load Tests SoapUI JMeter This will be followed by the final instalment: Part 4 Mocking back-end services Some of the tools were recommended by colleagues on projects, some I…

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50 ways to leave your lover, (with apologies to Paul Simon)

  Paul Simon was one half of the famous Simon and Garfunkel (http://bit.ly/NQ4DeH ). He wrote 50 ways to leave a lover but left 42 of them to our imagination! When you’re in love you think that the relationship is never going to end. The world is beautiful and whilst you may argue sometimes; you always get over those differences. Your partner is bright, funny, makes you laugh and well…

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